USL Rewind: Louisville City short-circuits Battery

Eastern Conference leader Louisville City FC parlayed goals by George Davis IV and Kyle Smith into a 2-0 triumph that snapped Charleston’s 29-game home unbeaten streak Saturday on an MUSC Health Stadium field saturated by heavy rains. LCFC ran its unbeaten streak to nine games by scoring twice in the first half and fending off the Battery’s attempts to get back in the game.

USL: Week 10  Results

Smith assisted on Davis’ goal in the 19th minute and scored the second – his first as a pro – shortly before halftime to rise City’s record to 7-1-3. Charleston, which had won three in a row, dropped to 5-3-3.

The Battery’s comeback efforts were impaired by the sending-off of Montreal Impact loan player Romario Williams in the 51wt minute. It had won 19 games and tied 10 since last tasting defeat May 10, 2014.

USL Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE:
Louisville City 24 points; NY Red Bulls II 21; FC Cincinnati 20; Charleston 18; Charlotte 17; Rochester, Richmond, Rochester 15; Orlando City B 14; Harrisburg, Bethlehem Steel 13; Wilmington 12; Toronto FC 8; Pittsburgh 6; FC Montreal 3.
WESTERN CONFERENCE:
Whitecaps FC 2 22 points; LA Galaxy II 20; Colorado Springs 19; Saint Louis FC, Rio Grande Valley II 16; Sac Republic FC 14; Timbers 2, OKC Energy FC, Real Monarchs 13; Orange County 12; Swope Park Rangers 11; San Antonio FC 10; Arizona United 9; Tulsa, Sounders FC 2 7.

REPUBLIC RIDES BONNEY BOOST. Sacramento head coach Paul Buckle praised the Republic’s fans as well as his players for rallying to get a 1-1 tie against Swope Park Rangers.

“I’m proud of the fans, the way they carried on supporting us,” Buckle said in his postgame comments. “I think that’s when you see the real importance of our supporters. We go a goal down and they just push the team forward and the team reacted. The team reacted very, very well.”

The sellout crowd of 11,569 fans needed only a brief interval to regain its voice after SWP’s Kevin Olivera had scored from about 30 yards in the 73rd minute. Just three minutes later Cameron Isawa tapped home a feed from Tommy Stewart to equalize.

The home result sets up another big game this weekend at Bonney Field against Galaxy II, which blasted Arizona United SC, 4-1, last weekend. Sacramento (4-3-2) is in sixth place, six points behind the second-place Galaxy II (5-2-5), which it defeated at StubHub Center, 2-0, May 7.

VANCOUVER STANDS ALONE. VWFC2 II is still undefeated (6-0-4) and atop the Western Conference despite squandering leads in both of its games last week. On Wednesday, the Caps settled for a 1-1 tie with St. Louis FC after a goal by Brett Levis midway through the first half had given them the lead.

Worse was to come on the weekend: Goals by Benjamin McKendry and Kyle Greig a minute apart midway through the first half provided a 2-0 lead but RSL Monarchs scored just before halftime and again seven minutes into the second period. Greig leads Vancouver with nine goals and is second behind USL top gun Jack McBean of Galaxy II (11 goals).

RED BULLS II TRACK LEADER. Junior Flemmings bagged his second game-winner in as many matches and that is all Red Bulls II needed to down Pittsburgh, 1-0, Saturday at Red Bull Arena. In the eighth minute Brandon Allen played the ball to Flemmings, who spun away from a defender to fire a shot into the bottom corner.

The Red Bulls posted their sixth shutout of the season to cash in Flemmings’ third goal. The victory kept the second-place Red Bulls II (6-1-3) within touching distance of conference leader Louisville City. Pittsburgh is second-from-bottom in the 14-team conference at 1-5-3.
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